NUFF - Nordic Youth Film Festival

Tromsoe (Norway)


NUFF is an annual short film festival for young filmmakers up to 26 years old from the Nordic countries & the world.


NUFF has been an important international platform for youth film and a meeting place for many young filmmakers since 2003.

Based at the youth Culture House TVIBIT in Tromsø¸, Northern Norway, NUFF has already a long success-story.  Started by the wish to support young local filmmakers and to get an idea how our neighbors are making films and telling stories discovered NUFF  the world of the Youth Cinema.

The quality of the films increases, the incredible atmosphere  of the workshops and the growing network of filmmakers, partners and  projects is making NUFF to a unique summer event above the polar circle  under the overwhelming midnight sun.

NUFF offers

  • Nordic film competition
  • International film competition
  • International film workshop
  • International film network
  • International film seminars, discussions and a lot of fun!

The film competitions

NUFF has two  film competitions for short films made in the last two years by  filmmakers max 26 years old and with a max length of 20 minutes. All  genres are possible!

For the Nordic film  competition the films have to be produced in a Nordic country or the  filmmaker comes or lives in a Nordic Country. Nordic Countries are  defined as Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Island, Denmark, Sweden, Norway  & Finland. This competition is divided in three age groups: <18,  19-21 & 22-26.

For the international  film competition the films have to be produced outside the Nordic  countries or the filmmaker comes or lives outside the Nordic countries.

The submission deadline for both competitions is March 1st!

Juries & awards

About 30 films will be nominated to each competition. The nominated films  will be screened during the festival at the festival cinema Verdensteatret in Tromsø¸ and published as official festival film program in the  festival catalogue and online. All films have to be subtitled in English.

Each competition has its own jury containing three members.

The awards for the Nordic competition are for the best film in each  age-group and for the best Nordic youth film from all age-groups. The  best Nordic youth film will be awarded with a prize of 10000,- NOK given by Foreningen Norden.

The workshops

Each year NUFF is  gathering about 40 young filmmakers from all over the world. Divided in  five groups they each make a film "From the idea to a finished film"  in one week. The participants work with professional filmmakers on a  short film through all stages of filmmaking. 

NUFF annually invites profiled filmmakers from different countries to supervise the five workshop groups.  With different backgrounds from professional filmmaking film producers,  script writers, film directors or documentary filmmakers are teaching  directly from their experience of daily professional work with film. 

NUFF has no classes! The groups are deciding the ideas, the content and the  methods. Every participant will find his/her place in the group and the  position which fits best in the production team. The goal is to get the  film ready to the deadline and watch the results together on the big  scene in one of Northern Europe's oldest cinema Verdensteatret Kino.

Check out more information about the film programs and the workshops.


6 to 26



length of films:

max 20 minutes



year of production:

not older than 2 years

festival takes place:

annual in June